Sep 26, 2011 8:37am
Re: Favorite Fall 1972 Show (astrophysics explored)
"Implosion is a process in which objects are destroyed by collapsing on themselves. The opposite of explosion, implosion concentrates matter and energy.
In an implosion-type nuclear weapon design, a sphere of plutonium, uranium, or other fissile material is imploded by a spherical arrangement of explosive charges. This decreases the material's volume and thus increases its density by a factor of two to four, causing it to "go critical" and create a nuclear explosion.
Implosion is a key part of the gravitational collapse of large stars, which can lead to the creation of supernovae, neutron stars and black holes."
I really dig the second set jam suite from the performance in Long Beach on 12/15/72. Particularly a few rather amazing moments of music during the outro of Truckin' where the band explores the theory of astrophysics:
After a bit of a rough start on Truckin', the band quickly abandons the theme. Garcia briefly initiates a blues riff before steering the band into a very eerie and unique Space theme...
Listen in at about 4:35 of the Truckin' Jam and hear Jerry bending and holding notes like Carlos Santana. This then sets off a "chain reaction" and things start to "go critical" at 4:50 with Phil "backing in" to some wild sounding ordinance that I have never heard him play before or since this performance. These unique notes are like reverse Phil Bombs, implosions if you will. Listen closely and you can actually hear gravity collapsing as matter and energy are concentrated and the band enters into a black hole we know as Dark Star...http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-12-15.sbd.yerys.2329.sbeok.shnf
There are better shows during late '72, but none are more unique than this gem of a performance. Some issues with the channels and mixing remain, but these eventually get straightened out, and the Gans sourced remaster sounds excellent. It might be the clearest and most brilliant transfer of any show from the Fall of 1972.
The first set is a bit lackluster, the playing is a bit rough at times, but the band rallys for a phenomenal jazzed out performance of Playin' in the Band. This one is huge, typical of late '72. It's a furious tempest, driven more by the playing of Keith, but woven with some amazing and intense Garcia passages. In spite of a cut of undetermined length, this 18 minute rendition rivals the best performances of the song from 1972.
The second set, though is dynamite! He's Gone is very well jammed, and of course the jam suite is truly amazing. In particular, the 13 minute pre-verse passage of Dark Star is extraordinary.
Once again it's Keith initiating the play, this time accompanied by Billy, before Garcia loosely introduces the theme. Phil than steers the band into a more structured jazzy segment with Keith and Weir eventually joining him. There are two very cool Garcia led jams and some very lovely Keith/Jerry interplay prior to the first verse.
After the somewhat tentative first verse, things get rather spacey and atonal, matter seeming to move inwards as the band is swirls into the vortex. A dark and eerie feedback segment preceeds an amazing transition into Morning Dew, though the band seems spent at this point, perhaps drained by time travel...